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Election Petitions Act, 1848

Officially titled "An Act to amend the Law for the Trial of Election Petitions", the Election Petitions Act of 1848 created a Committee of Elections within the House of Commons to consider controverted elections. Controverted elections were elections which had their legitimacy challenged – this could be for a number of reasons, including bribery, corruption and treating. The Committee of Elections were responsible for determining the outcome of an election petition.


Election Petitions Act, 1848



Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1848/11&12V1n294